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People in the News: Andrea Epstein, Barbara Lavery

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The Global Genes | Rare Project has named Andrea Epstein as its new executive director. Epstein was previously the regional VP for the Southern California region of the American Cancer Society and has held many executive marketing and business development positions at various organizations. At the Global Genes | Rare Project, Epstein will be in charge of daily operations, program development, income growth strategies, and long term strategic planning.

Global Genes | RARE Project has also announced that Barbara Lavery, president of Zoomedia, is its first chairman for the board of directors. In her role, Lavery will lead the board and work with organization president and founder Nicole Boice to develop and implement next year's strategic plan.

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